From the Cradle to the Cross

Date 25th December 2011  by Keith Warren  Bible passage Matthew 2:13-18

With all the positive sides that there are to Christmas, we must realize that not everyone was pleased with this miracle: Immanuel, God with us! Jesus had to face persecution very soon after He was born; King Herod wanted Him out of the way. But he failed. And Jesus continued on another 33 years of

Jesus is for Ordinary People

Date 18th December 2011  by Ettiene de Wilzem  Bible passage Luke 2:8-20

At the slight risk of offence, it can be said that most Aussies are ‘ordinary’ people who have ‘ordinary’ jobs and ‘ordinary’ families. When it comes to religion – and in particular a religious celebration of Christmas – many people say: ‘well, what has it got to do with me?’ Doesn’t religion belong to a

Can God Make You a Christian?

Date 11th December 2011  by Ettiene de Wilzem  Bible passage Matthew 2:1-12

Recently I had a conversation with someone about evangelism. We mused on the great need of teaching Christian children how to evangelise. In the course of our conversation it felt almost as if we have lost sight of God’s ability and eagerness to show himself to people who don’t know him. It’s almost like we

Tired? Stressed? You’ll Feel Better With God – NO SERMON?

Date 04th December 2011  by Ettiene de Wilzem  Bible passage Matthew 1:18-25

The birth of a baby is always a moving event. We can’t help but be overawed when we see new life come about. As we are entering the festive season, we stop and recognize a very special birth, that of Jesus Christ. Right from the beginning we see that this was no ordinary birth –

Running the Race with Faith

Date 27th November 2011  by Josh Hartog - Pastor for Westside Christian Church  Bible passage Hebrews 11:1-12:3

I watched my five year old daughter run a race for the first time a few months ago and it wasn’t easy, I think I found it harder than she did. But life is a lot like a race, it has a starting point, it has a marked out course, and it has a goal,

Don’t Back Down – Build Up

Date 27th November 2011  by Bevan Burnes - Elder  Bible passage Nehemiah 4:1-15

Nehemiah was granted permission and the responsibility to take his people back toJerusalemto rebuild the broken city walls and gates. The repair was necessary to protect the ‘holy city’ from enemy attacks. After the work had begun, he faced scorn, slander, and threats from enemies, i.e. external threats, as well as fear and discouragement from

What Does Worship Look Like?

Date 20th November 2011  by Ettiene de Wilzem  Bible passage Micah 6:1-8

When you think of the word Worship – what sort of images come to mind? Some scenes from Mel Gibson’s Apocalypse where tribal people sacrifice human hearts? People in a church singing while led by a band? The silhouette of a girl on a beach with her hands stretched out towards the sun setting over

Abolitionist Sunday – Any Slavery in Australia?

Date 20th November 2011  by Jacob van Rensburg  Bible passage Galatians 3:21 - 4:10

Today is recognised as Abolitionist Sunday by churches around Australia who want to take action to abolish human trafficking and slavery. It may surprise many people that slavery is still a big problem today, with an estimated 27 million people having been trafficked. Today we recognise that this is a challenge to us as Christians

iWorship vs Worship

Date 13th November 2011  by Ettiene de Wilzem  Bible passage Genesis 4:1-5a

How often have you looked at another person and secretly envied their sense of hapiness, fullness or closeness to God? It just seems as if there is something in their experience of life which makes yours look dry, lacking and even makes you angry! Do these people indeed have something that you don’t and if

Friendship is Forever

Date 30th October 2011  by Ettiene de Wilzem  Bible passage Ecclesiastes 4 : 8 - 12

Despite there being more people in the Redlands and we can communicate more effectively than ever, statistics show that people are feeling increasingly lonely. What’s going on and how do we fix the problem? As we look at Ecclesiastes 4:8-12 this morning we will see yet again how the Bible’s counter-cultural insights points us into

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Confronted #3

Date: 23 June 2017, 14:06 by Jamez

We are continuing our series through the book of Jude, a book written to a church facing some serious issues. From what we have learnt so far a group of leaders were trying to lead the church away from the truth. In our passage today these men sound like they would fit quite well into

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Wisdom of Words

Date: 12 October 2014, 09:10 by aiims

Word are important. After all, God created the universe with words. He spoke and it was so. Jesus was called THE WORD. “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” Proverbs has a lot to say about

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How Do We Look At Social Media?

Date: 04 January 2015, 17:01 by aiims

As Christians we are called to be “sober-minded and watchful” (1 Pet 5:8) when it comes to aspects of our day-to-day living. Have we done that when it comes to our social media usage? How do we evaluate it’s influence on our lives and others? What are the benefits and the pit-falls of it? Join

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Jesus, Hope of the World

Date: 05 February 2012, 17:02 by aiims

The question of who Jesus is and what he came to do is not only a question that is around today, but has been around from the day he was born. It was a question that Matthew was attempting to answer in his gospel. He quotes from the book of Isaiah to show that one

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The Legacy of Mothers and Grandmothers

Date: 14 May 2017, 09:05 by aiims

In the passage this morning, Paul mentions his thanks for the mother and grandmother of Timothy, his ‘trainee’. They had passed on a huge legacy to Timothy, one that would last for eternity. What was that legacy? The sincere faith that was lived out in their lives. We combine Mother’s Day with a baptism and

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